3rd Quarter
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About the IEEE Systems Council Newsletter:

Engineers and scientists today start their careers with excellent technical skills and knowledge within their fields of expertise. The Systems Council Newsletter includes time-sensitive news useful to the IEEE Systems Council's participants.
President's Message
image of Vincenzo PiuriIn the previous issue (2nd Quarter 2022), I mentioned the recommendation by IEEE's Society and Council Review Committee (SCRC), during our Council's five-year review in February 2022, that we consider making it clear that the Council embraces a broad approach to systems engineering, to possibly encompass systems thinking.

Our AdCom wholehearted endorsed a revision to the IEEE Systems Council's field-of-interest (FOI) statement to include explicitly the notion of systems thinking. Any change to the FOI of an IEEE society or council must be put forth for review by all the IEEE societies and councils, and a vote must be passed during an IEEE Technical Activities Board (TAB) meeting to allow the change. We went through that step during the June 2022 TAB meeting. Our current field-of-interest statement thus reads as follows:

The Systems Council integrates IEEE activities regarding aspects of multiple disciplines and specialty areas of systems engineering, and covers, but is not limited to, the following:
  • Systems thinking
  • Systems-engineering education, standards, processes, methodologies
  • Systems modeling, simulation, integration, resilience
  • Robust design, safety and human factors, security, usability, environmental aspects
  • Product transition: design, production, test, deployment, disposal
  • Program and project management
  • Quality assurance
  • Mission assurance
  • Requirements development and management
  • Risk management
  • Systems architecture
  • Systems of systems
Indeed, systems thinking should be for everyone, whether that individual is buried in the midst of a systems-engineering environment or not.

And the more diverse the people we have thinking and working together on a particular problem, or in a given situation, the greater the potential for providing a good solution to the challenge being addressed. Further, the greater the diversity within that gathering of problem-solvers and innovators, the better the chances for discovering a most creative and viable solution, or developing a most amazing product.

So that's the next step: ensuring that we proactively and effectively and lovingly include within our group of collaborators those who are different from ourselves - and perhaps different from whom or what we have felt comfortable with in the past.

The IEEE realizes that equity, diversity and inclusion are important if best practices and highly effective collaborations are to be realized. The Systems Council has adopted for itself a version of IEEE's official statement. We've modified IEEE's statement slightly, and we've added to it the notion of belonging. It is our sense that when everyone involved finally reaches the point of feeling that they truly belong, the collaboration has done what is needed.

Following is our Systems Council's statement, which can be found within the executive summary of its current strategic plan:

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
IEEE's mission to foster technological innovation and excellence to benefit humanity requires the talents and perspectives of persons with various personal, cultural, and disciplinary backgrounds. As is IEEE, the Systems Council is committed to advancing diversity in the technical profession, and to promoting an inclusive and equitable culture in its activities and programs that welcomes, engages and rewards those who contribute to the field without regard to race, religion, gender, disability, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. In short, the Systems Council is committed to creating a Culture of Belonging for everyone.

We, as an AdCom, know what we want to do. Our next step will be to learn more about ourselves, our (often-unrecognized) biases, and how to not only accept, but advocate for, those who don't look like us, who have different sets of experiences than we, or who come from other cultural backgrounds. We can all become better allies. And my hope is that we'll be able to find effective ways to share what we've realized with others around us.

Indeed, the IEEE Systems Council has much to offer: it is a gathering that offers a diversity of education, experience and networking opportunities to a diverse group of participants having a diversity of interests, backgrounds and experience. The Systems Council is, at its core, about systems thinking. The hope is that it also embraces, develops further, and maintains, at its core, the principles of EDIB - equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging.

Feel free to get to know your Council better, to take advantage of the opportunities made available to its participants, and to share something of yourselves so that we, as a family, can both enjoy one another and strive further to become even more effective.

Please peruse this Newsletter. Please visit our Council's website at www.ieeesystemscouncil.org. And please don't hesitate to contact me at [email protected] with any questions, comments, suggestions, or wild ideas.

All the best,

Stephen A. "Jack" Dyer
President, IEEE Systems Council
IEEE Systems Council News
Congratulations to the 2022 IEEE Outstanding Service Award Recipient
Congratulations to Andy Chen on his selection for the 2022 IEEE Outstanding Service Award for outstanding contributions during membership on the Council's Administrative Committee, especially in work related to conferences, and as Vice President for Conferences.
IEEE Systems Journal's (ISJ) Impact Factor
Every year in June, the organizations which evaluate the performance of various publications announce their findings. This year, according to the Web of Science, the IEEE Systems Journal's Impact Factor (one of the most important performance measures) climbed from 3.931 to 4.802, thus representing a very significant jump within just one year. This major achievement is the result of many people's unwavering efforts, in addition to the IEEE Systems Council leadership's "behind the scenes" support.

New J-MASS Editor-in-Chief

Hanwen Yu is the new Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Journal on Miniaturization for Air and Space Systems (J-MASS).

Founding Editors Named for New IEEE OJSE


W. Dale Blair of the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) was recently appointed to serve as the founding Editor-in-Chief (EiC) for the new IEEE Open Journal of Systems Engineering (OJSE). Ljiljana Trajkovic of Simon Fraser University was appointed to serve as the Associated EiC for IEEE OJSE.


Senior Member Elevations


Rory Herman
Khawaja Zubair
Eric Sudano
Vincente Galindo

The IEEE Systems Council welcomes participants to apply for elevation to Senior Member status and is available to assist interested individuals by providing nominations and references to support their applications. IEEE Senior Members receive several benefits including an attractive plaque with fine wood and bronze engraving similar to the one shown below. The engraving is personalized with the individual's name. See Senior membership for a complete list of benefits. Contact Walt Downing ([email protected]) for more information or assistance in applying for senior member elevation.

IEEE Life Members
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IEEE Life Members Launch New Website
The IEEE Life Members Committee is pleased to announce the launch of a new website that contains valuable information and resources for life members and volunteers. The URL for the new website is https://life.ieee.org/ Check it out!

About IEEE Life Membership
IEEE Life Membership is automatically bestowed upon an active IEEE member who:

  • Has attained the age of 65 years,
  • Has been a member of IEEE for such a period that the sum of their age and their years of membership equals or exceeds 100 years.

IEEE Life Members receive the following additional benefits:

  • IEEE membership dues and regional assessments are waived,
  • IEEE Society fees are waived for qualifying members,
  • Life members are eligible for reduced rates at IEEE-sponsored conferences.

Call for Participation
IEEE Life Membership is an official recognition of a strong and sustained commitment to IEEE. Life members get together with their peers, participate in educational excursions, work together to mentor students, and improve their communities. There are several ways to get involved:

IEEE Life Members Committee Selects Life Member Affinity Groups for 2022 Awards
Lone Star LMAG and guests in front of the Alamo during the 2019 IEEE Texas Technical Tour.
Each year, the IEEE Life Members Committee (LMC) recognizes a Life Member Affinity Group (LMAG) for substantive projects, noteworthy activities, or other extraordinary contributions. Achievement awards are based on accomplishments in the preceding year. Awards are not granted if there are no suitable recipients.

Starting in 2022, regional achievement awards were presented to the outstanding LMAG in each Region. From this group, one LMAG was selected for a global achievement award. The 2022 IEEE LMAG Regional Achievement Award winners were: North New Jersey (Region 1), Florida West Coast (Region 3), Lone Star (Region 5), Germany (Region 8), Argentina (Region 9), and Delhi (Region 10).

The 2022 IEEE LMAG Global Achievement Award was presented to the Lone Star LMAG. This group was recognized for a variety of activities and initiatives such as the development of a cybersecurity exhibit for the San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology through life member volunteer efforts and IEEE LMC grant funding. Most significantly, the Lone Star LMAG led the effort to recognize the Datapoint 2200 with an IEEE Region 5 Stepping-Stone Award.
IEEE Region 5 Recognizes Datapoint 2200 With Stepping-Stone Award
Members of the IEEE Lone Star Section Life Member Affinity Group pose with the Stepping-Stone plaque at the award ceremony. This group led the effort to apply for the award and organize the event.
On 30 May 2022, the IEEE Lone Star Section held a ceremony at the San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology (SAMSAT) to recognize the Datapoint 2200 with an IEEE Region 5 Stepping-Stone Award. Over 60 people attended the hybrid event, including many Datapoint retirees and former employees who contributed to the design and development of the Datapoint 2200, which was one of the first commercially-available, self-contained, personal computers. A bronze plaque commemorating the award will reside at SAMSAT where examples of the original Datapoint 2200 are on display.

Stepping-Stone is a Region 5 award that recognizes significant technical achievements in IEEE fields-of-interest. An achievement must have importance to Region 5 - e.g., invented, initially demonstrated, first used, produced in Region 5. Stepping-Stone Awards honor the achievement rather than necessarily a place or a person.
Workshop: Effects of Climate Change on Diseases
Prof. Prasanta Ghosh and William H Maxwell, PE, P.Eng organized a workshop entitled "Effects of Climate Change on Diseases" at SEGE 2022 (Smart Energy Grid Engineering) conference in Oshawa, Canada. The workshop was held on Friday, 12 August 2022. Despite many challenges, the pandemic has presented a unique opportunity to study health consequences of climate change, which will yield insights of the causes that could lead to improved public health and knowledge to combat future diseases. There are many challenges with little understanding of the Technology, Climate Change, and Disease relation, its impacts and possible mitigation approaches. In this session we had presenters with diverse expertise talk about how technology drives climate change, resulting in a push for the efficacy of diseases old and new and potential solutions to overcome the challenges.
Seeking Positive Impacts of Technological Advancements on The Climate and The Society
Prof. Prasanta Ghosh is organizing a session at ISTAS 2022 on 10 November 2022. The industrial revolution has brought tremendous gains in technological advancement and society's prosperity. It is also true that technology could be a double-edged sword that can both do and undo damage to the environment. So, it is time to start a discussion on how technological advancements can positively impact our life and society. In this proposed session we will select invited and contributed presentations on the positive impacts of technology on the environment and society. Presentations will include technological damage minimization, for example manufacturing with reduced wastage and reduction in toxic gas discharge, along with positive aspects of information availability and public health improvements.
Women in Systems Engineering (WISE) Webinar Series
The Systems Council is excited to announce the IEEE Systems Council Women in Systems Engineering (WiSE) 2022 webinar series. Systems Council is striving to create educational and networking opportunities for its participants and the systems engineering community.
Upcoming Talks
  • Human System Engineering: From Human Views to Human Readiness Levels
    Friday, 16 September 2022 | 9:00 AM ET
    Holly Handley
    Old Dominion University
  • Women and Intellectual Property
    Friday, 26 October 2022 | 11:00 AM ET
    Cynthia Burham
    University of Texas

If you have any questions, please reach out to Holly Handley at [email protected]. We look forward to having you at our upcoming events.

WiSE Community Membership Call
Systems Council Women in Systems Engineering (WiSE) is a community focused on promoting women in engineering. We are seeking to identify members who are interested in participating in our activities. More information about our group can be found on our website. If you would like to be added to our information list, please sign up here or contact Holly Handley, WiSE Chair.
Technical Operations
Call for Participation
Our Technical Communities are growing! If you would like to join one of them, please sign up here.

If you are interested in more information about the Technical Committees and the scope and activities of each Technical Community, please visit the website.

A full list of Technical Committees and their respective Chairs can be found here.
Chapter News
2022 Mid-Year Update from IEEE Bangalore Section Systems Council Chapter
IEEE Bangalore Section Systems Council Chapter - Chair Dr. Ramakrishnan Raman (Top row center), and Secretary Dr. Yogananda Jeppu (top row left) as panelists.

MSBE Summit

The IEEE Bangalore Section Systems Council Chapter, in collaboration with INCOSE India Chapter and The Aeronautical Society of India, organized the 2nd MBSE (Model Based Systems Engineering) Summit on 4-5 May 2022. The event featured over 18 hours of informative and engaging sessions and valuable insights on MBSE across various sectors, workshops, and panel discussions.

CONECCT (https://www.ieee-conecct.org/) is the flagship conference of the IEEE Bangalore Section and was held on 8-10 July 2022. The Systems Council Bangalore Chapter organized a specific track: Track-P: Systems Science & Engineering, as part of the CONECCT 2022 conference.

Resources for Chapters

The Council provides technical and financial support to its Chapters for organizing events during the calendar year. To request funding or a Distinguished Lecturer or to learn more about the resources available to your Chapter, please visit our website. Additional volunteer resources can be found here.

If you are interested in learning more about our Chapters, starting a new Systems Council Chapter, or hosting a Chapter event, please contact the Chapter Chair, Fabrice Labeau at [email protected].
Conference News
RASSE 2022
The IEEE RASSE 2022 conference will be held at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in Tainan, the southern part of Taiwan. The meeting will be held in hybrid mode with the international committee members joining virtually. The conference will feature an Industry Forum. The Industry Forum is a new integration for IEEE Systems Council's conferences. It is designed to help facilitate a bridge between research and industry. The Industry Forum will feature industry speakers and panels that discuss the technical directions of the industry and, most importantly, its challenges.

Register here.
ISSE 2022
The IEEE ISSE 2022 symposium will be held in Vienna, Austria on 24-26 October 2022. This symposium seeks to create an interactive forum for the advancement of the practice of systems engineering across the multiple disciplines and specialty areas associated with the engineering of complex systems. The symposium will provide a venue for systems engineering practitioners, managers, researchers, and educators to exchange innovative concepts, ideas, applications and lessons learned addressing:
  • Applications-oriented topics on large-scale systems and systems-of-systems in topics
  • Systems engineering, education, standards, processes and methodologies for the system-of-systems environment
  • Research opportunities and results relating to
Register here.
SYSCON 2023: Save the Date
Save the Date! The 2022 IEEE International Systems Conference will be held in Vancouver, Canada, from 17-20 April 2023. SYSCON caters to both practitioners and academics, providing a forum to exchange ideas and experiences on technology, methodology, applications, study cases, and practical experiences.

Important Dates:

  • Tutorial Submissions Deadline - 16 September 2022
  • Special Session Submissions - 16 September 2022
  • Abstract and Full Paper Submissions Deadline - 14 October 2022
  • Full Manuscript and Early Registration - 24 February 2023
Publications News
The IEEE Systems Journal (ISJ) is the technical journal of the IEEE Systems Council. This publication provides a systems-level, focused forum for application-oriented manuscripts that address complex systems and system of systems of national and global significance.
Call for Papers
Submit a paper to the IEEE Systems Journal (ISJ). The journal is intended to stimulate awareness, appreciation and utilization of systems thinking and the supporting systems-engineering disciplines, especially for complex systems, systems of systems, complex cyber-physical systems, and complex smart systems, across many domains and application areas.

The ISJ released Special-Issues Calls for Papers. Download the CFPs for submission topics, deadlines, and guest editors.

Special Issue on "Knowledge Graph Applications in Intelligent Decision"

Almost all decisions we make have complex backgrounds and collaborative requirements. Big data and artificial-intelligence development allow machines to assist us in making decisions, enabling us to deal with problems more quickly, efficiently and flexibly. However, the increasingly complex and unpredictable social environment brings more problems for intelligent decisions, which dramatically increases the difficulty of decision-making.

Paper submissions are due on 30 September 2022.

Special Issue on "Artificial Intelligence for Next Generation Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems"

Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems (ICPS) is the technological core of the new generation of the industrial revolution. It can effectively collect, analyze and use data and information from heterogeneous physical equipment so that it can continuously and effectively manage, supervise and control the physical infrastructure of the real world. Although some attempts have been done to explore AI for next-generation ICPS, there exist various scientific and engineering challenges, including software and hardware development, computational complexity, data multi-source heterogeneity, and privacy protection.

Paper submissions are due on 30 December 2022.
The IEEE Journal on Miniaturization for Air and Space Systems (J-MASS) is a technical journal devoted to covering the rapidly evolving field of small air and space systems such as drones and small satellites.
For more information, please visit our website or contact Hanwen Yu at [email protected].

New IEEE Open Journal of Systems Engineering

The IEEE Open Journal of System Engineering (OJSE) is an open-access technical journal devoted to the multidisciplinary aspects of systems engineering. Systems engineering involves elements of model-based systems engineering; digital thread; requirements generation, flow down, tracking, needs analysis, and validation/verification; integration and test; and full life cycle support of the target system. OJSE deals primarily with the science, methodology, and tools of systems engineering.


Special Issue on "Front-end Need Analysis"

This special issue seeks papers that contribute to establishing references that formalize the activities, concepts, and techniques around front-end need analysis, sharing good examples of their use, addressing the gaps in need analysis approaches, and providing a vision for their evolution in the context of model-based and digital environments.

Paper submissions are due on 30 August 2022.


Special Issue on "Artificial Intelligence and Systems Engineering"

This special issue seeks original papers that address the challenges in realizing SE4AI and AI4SE. Topics under consideration include: life-cycle ready AI; hybrid human/AI systems; cognitive bias in AI systems; systems approaches to AI architecting; systems theory and AI; multi-modal AI; security in AI; adversarial machine learning; trustworthy AI; AI resilience; AI risk analysis; test & evaluation of learning-based systems; automated model-building and simulation; anticipatory design; automation of digital twins; AI-enabled evidence building; AI/SE Workforce Development; and model curation.

Paper submissions are due on 1 September 2022.


Special Issue on "Resilience in Systems Engineering"

This special issue initiates the formation of a well-established body of knowledge on resilience in systems engineering and aid in the pathfinding for innovative and long-term research.

Paper submissions are due on 1 November 2022.

Member Society News
IEEE Consumer Technology Society
IEEE Consumer Technology Society (CTSoc) has established an Industry and Standards Activities Committee (ISA Committee) that is chaired by the VP of IAS, who serves at the pleasure of The CTSoc president. The current VP of ISA is Stuart Lipoff ([email protected]), and he welcomes input from CTSoc members and also from non-members among consumer-technology industry stakeholders.

Learn more about CTSoc conferences, awards, Chapters, publications and more here.
IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society (SMC)
eNewsletter of the IEEE SMC Society - Issue 72, March 2022

This eNewsletter aims to serve SMC members by providing a useful platform for information exchange. News is published on an ongoing basis and can be accessed free of charge here on the Society's website.
2022 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC)
9-12 October 2022 | Prague, Czech Republic

The annual IEEE SMC Conference represents a vital interdisciplinary forum for presenting, exchanging, and discussing new ideas, for developing new approaches, and for designing new collaborative efforts. Unfortunately, in the last two years these conferences were running in a virtual space, with no face-to-face meetings. Let us hope that the 2022 Conference will happen as a real meeting in the beautiful historic city of Prague, which is ready to offer adequate conference facilities together with a unique, friendly atmosphere. The IEEE SMC 2022 is expected to foster technological innovations and engineering excellence in the fields of cybernetics, systems, human-machine interaction, artificial intelligence, and machine learning for the benefit of humanity.
Great news the IEEE SMCS resource center has officially launched! Here is the link to access the resource center: https://resourcecenter.smcs.ieee.org/
Member Society Conferences of Interest
IBM IEEE CAS/EDS - AI Compute Symposium
The IEEE CAS and EDS Symposium will be held in a hybrid format It will be held in Yorktown Heights, New York, U.S. at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center on 12-13 October 2022. The theme of the symposium is "AI-Compute from Scalable to Sustainable." In addition to the physics of AI to our AI theme. This would cover algorithmic study from technology, and circuit to architecture level which is in line with the CAS mission statement. New applications of AI will be emphasized. Some of the emerging topics to be covered in the symposium are AI for climate changes, serverless architecture, auto AI, applications of AI for the cloud, federated learning, quantum computing through the cloud, opportunities for circuits, and systems in the cloud. This symposium opens up the opportunity for the inclusion of excellent speakers across the world. Last year the symposium was virtual and there were 2,400 viewers across the globe.

To learn more about this event and to submit poster abstracts visit the website here.
The 2022 IEEE Green Energy and Smart Systems Conference is hosted by the IEEE Systems Council Chapter of IEEE Coastal Los Angeles Section, IEEE R6. It is co-sponsored by the College of Engineering at California State University Long Beach (CSULB). The conference will be held virtually on 7-8 November 2022. The proposed conference intends to bring together researchers and practitioners from relevant fields to present and disseminate ongoing research for smart systems, sustainable and green energy technologies. This year the focus would be on the data-driven science and engineering in smart grids and smart systems, Internet of Things, Sustainable and Secured Systems, Optimized Power Grids with Battery, and Smart Transportation Systems.
ISCAS 2023: Save the Date
Save the Date! The 2023 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems will be held in Monterey, CA, USA from 21-25 May 2023. ISCAS 2023 will be driven by the theme "Technology Disruption and Society" aiming to emphasize the potential of the CAS Society to find innovative solutions to challenges facing society today.

Important Dates:
  • Regular Paper Submission Deadline - 24 October 2022
  • Transactions Paper Submission Deadline - 5 December 2022
  • Author Notification - 19 December 2022
  • Final Manuscript Submission Deadline - 4 February 2023
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